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Falling for the Girl Next Door

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Book Title: Falling for the Girl Next Door (Creative HeArts, #5; Sloane and Tru, #2)

Author: Tera Lynn Childs

Published by Entangled Teen

Release Day: November 14, 2016

Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

 

Rating:

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Synopsis:

Sloane Whitaker never expected to like living in Texas, but after a few months in the Lone Star State, she has to admit she likes the food, the school, and the boy next door. What she doesn’t like is the fact that half her family is still back in New York. Convincing her dad to relocate to Texas requires making their upcoming visit as perfect as possible. The perfect dinner, the perfect daughter…with the perfect boyfriend.

But when her not-so-perfect boyfriend Tru Dorsey is suddenly not-so-available, Sloane has to find another dad-impressing guy to show off at dinner. Tru himself suggests enlisting the help of a fake boyfriend, but the reality of another guy with Sloane on his arm might be more than Tru can manage. Add in a mysterious blackmailer and a divided family, and Sloane and Tru’s relationship might not be able to handle the heat.


Review:

Well, how to describe this book?  Beautiful writing, developed characters, setting that pulls you in, a sweet romance, and real-life problems.

Tru and Sloane kinda crawl into your heart and you hold out for them to stay there.  You might want to find the rest of the books in this series, to see where it all started and also, to find out where it will end.

The family dimensions in Sloan’s life is a bit odd.  Her dad doesn’t seem to care about him, or even try to be there for him at all.  Trying to get him to move to Austin won’t change that at all, in my opinion.

The romance was sweet and clean, and you can relate to that love.  The struggle shown in this series of teens and the issues with family and their own identity, really pulls one in!

I’ll be on the lookout for the other titles in this series…


Wanna read more & buy the book:

Goodreads Book Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32491408-falling-for-the-girl-next-door

Amazon Buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/Falling-Girl-Next-Creative-HeArts-ebook/dp/B01MCXPL5A

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Entangled Publishing: http://entangledpublishing.com/falling-for-the-girl-next-door/

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About the Author:

Tera

Tera Lynn Childs is the RITA-award-winning young adult author of the mythology-based Oh. My. Gods. series, the Forgive My Fins mermaid romance series, the kick-butt monster-hunting Sweet Venom trilogy, and the Darkly Fae series. She also writes the City Chicks sweet chick lit romance series and is co-writing the Hero Agenda series with Tracy Deebs. Tera lives nowhere in particular and spends her time writing wherever she can find a comfy chair and a steady stream of caffeinated beverages.

Author Website: http://www.teralynnchilds.com

Author Twitter: https://twitter.com/teralynnchilds

Author Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/teralynnchilds

Author Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/teralynnchilds/

Author Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1051591.Tera_Lynn_Childs

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Read below for an excerpt from the book:

By lunchtime, the morning clouds had cleared, and the bright blue of a clear sky and soft winter sunlight practically begged Tru to film something.

He pulled his smartphone out of his pocket and opened the camera app. If he had his choice of gear, this wasn’t even in the top ten. He had three quality cameras at home and there were at least a dozen in the Cinematography classroom in Building F. Hell, he even had a decent handheld in his backpack.

But what the smartphone gave up in quality, it more than made up for in portability and the ability to take candid footage.

Sloane didn’t even notice when he started filming.

Her friend Jenna glanced at the camera and then back down at her carefully arranged lunch.

Tru loved capturing these secret moments. Not just with Sloane, although he probably loved those the most, but in everyday life in general. Those instances that happened over and over again, most of the time without anyone taking any more notice than they do of a gentle breeze.

To capture those moments, to document them for eternity—or at least as long as the technology would allow—made him feel like he was contributing to something greater than himself.

Like he was turning life into art.

And the intersection of life and art described his relationship with Sloane perfectly. She came into his life at a low point, at a moment when the prospect of spending another year in the uncertain torment of life under his father’s roof was becoming unbearable. She moved in next door and provided a light at the end of the tunnel. If he could just keep walking toward her, just keep her light in sight, then maybe—just maybe—he could make it out alive.

He knew he was being a bit melodramatic. His life wasn’t actually on the line. The situation with his father never escalated to a dangerous level. But escape was almost always on Tru’s mind. Sometimes he felt like he might go insane under the constant scrutiny and attempted control.

Ever since Sloane and her mom moved in next door, he’d been thinking about escape less and less.

She gave him a reason to stay.

“Hey!”

A grape popped him in the forehead as Sloane finally realized he was filming her.

“What?” he asked with a grin, shaking off his dark thoughts.

“We talked about this,” she said. “No filming me without warning.”

“No, you talked about it.” He kept filming. “I never agreed to anything.”

She reached for the phone, but he pulled it out of reach, careful to keep her in the frame.

“This is why I can’t bring you home to meet Mom,” she teased.

He knew she meant it as a joke—he’d met her mom dozens of times. They were neighbors, after all. But there was an edge of truth beneath the sarcasm. An edge just big enough to sharpen his own humor.

“But does it explain why I can’t bring you home to meet the ‘rents?” he tossed back.

He regretted the words as soon as he said them. He couldn’t be prouder of Sloane or of being her boyfriend. To even suggest she wasn’t good enough for his family was ridiculous. Especially when the opposite was actually true. He wasn’t good enough for hers.

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Humbug: The Unwinding of Ebenezer Scrooge

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Book – Humbug: The Unwinding of Ebenezer Scrooge

Author – Tony Bertauski

Series – Clause (book 4)

Publisher – DeadPixel Publications

Expected Date – 15 November 2016

Genre – Christmas novel

Rating:

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Ebenezer and Marley are the owners of a tech company called Avocado Inc.  This company started up in a small warehouse and was built into an empire, a multi-million-dollar company.  One half of the ownership, Marley, dies suddenly and the whole company is left to Ebenezer to run.  He is a shut-in for years and no-one has seen him in public for almost a decade.  He locked himself in his home – dubbed ‘Castle Scrooge’.  Eb has a public persona that is projected whenever anyone communicates with him.  When he is visited by his dead friend, Marley, on Christmas eve, he is left with a ‘gift’, from Marley.  This ‘gift’ returns each Christmas to plague him with his future, present and past.  He starts to believe that he has completely lost his mind, becoming more paranoid and lost.

I seemed to have started with my Christmas joy early this year.  And I really enjoyed this novel.  This is a retelling of the classic Christmas Carol, with a modern twist and ‘ghosts’ of Christmas future, present and past….

This is the fourth book in the Christmas series by Tony Bertauski, another Christmas retelling.  As I haven’t read any of the other novels in this series, I can confirm that this can be read as a standalone novel.  The use of technology in this book is brilliant and although we can communicate worldwide, we definitely do not do it like Scrooge does it! The driods in this book was well thought out and made the plot richer and more complex.

I could definitely see this book being turned into a movie and the isolated ‘Castle Scrooge’ imagary will make for an intense and lonely setting.

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and would recommend this as  a great holiday read to curl up with.  Maybe under a blanket, with some hot choco and your favorite cuddle buddy….


Other novels in this series:

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Mini Reviews – 2 Short Stories

Snow White’s Revenge

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Published – 12 July 2016

Review Notes:

  • A short story retelling of Snow White’s classic tale.
  • Here she is portrayed as a strong, independent lady, who wants revenge for her family and land, after the evil Queen takes over.
  • She is imprisoned at a young age by the Queen, then escapes and that’s where her adventure begins.
  • There is some character development, but because this story is short, the pace makes development hard.
  • You also see a bit of magic in this tale.
  • Romance is also a small part of this story and I had hoped to see something new here,  but the essence of the classic tale was prominent in the plot.
  • I’d love to see where Casey takes the tales in the future.

Keep an eye out for her other novels:

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Back by Sunrise

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Published – 20 November 2014

Review Notes:

  • A beautiful tale about family, friendship, love and loss.
  • There is some element of magic here, although you do not expect it at the start.
  • This enhances the plot, rather than distracting the reader, in an unexpected way.
  • Couldn’t put this book down.
  • Symbolism is a huge part of this story.
  • We get subtle hints of the lessons the main character needs to learn.
  • The ending to this exceptional tale gave me chills!

Keep an eye out for his other novels: (there are more)

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Broken Leaves of Autumn

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Book – Broken Leaves of Autumn

Author – Eli Hai

Publisher – Unknown

Genre – Contemporary Romance

Rating:

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Disclaimer: This book was sponsored by Ebookpro and gifted to me to provide an honest review. In no way does this affect my opinion or reviewing process.


First off, the cover is beautiful, a real autumn-inspired cover. This is what drew my attention to the book.

This was a somewhat slow read since I’ve yet again stepped outside my preferred genre for this one. This story focuses mostly on religion – specifically Ultra-Orthodox Jewish and Christian religion and what happens when these religions mix. There are strict rules to follow and a lot of things that can never happen.

The pace is quite slow with this story and there are a lot of plots to follow and keep track off (it’s not hard though).

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We mainly follow the story from the point of view of Jeff, who leaves his hometown to move to Brooklyn, in search of a better life for himself. He meets Ahron when he arrives in Brooklyn, who helps him get on his feet and invites him into his home and world. We also get a point of view later from Arhon’s life. And we see a different world through Rivka, Ahron’s youngest sister.

The book’s plots in respect to each character seemed, at first, very vague and somewhat disconnected but develop slowly.

The writing in this book is superb! The way scenes are put to words is almost poetic and creates this tangible image of the surroundings. It really sucks you in…

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We get a lot of insight to the Jewish religion and touch on the relation between religions. This was really well portrayed…

I would recommend this novel to people who want to learn about religion and want to immerse themselves in these surroundings. Overall, a slow, but well-developed read!

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Broken

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Book – Broken

Author – Dean Murray

Series – A Reflections Novel

Published – Fir’shan Publishing

Genre – Young Adult Paranormal Romance

Rating:

five-stars


Synopsis:

Adri Paige is too busy dealing with the emotional fallout from losing half of her family to deal with boys.  At least she thought so until the two most intriguing guys in her school take an interest in her.

Both boys are gorgeous and blessed with obscene amounts of money.  They should have the emotional depth of note cards, but instead, display undercurrents she doesn’t fully understand.  Rumors the pair destroys peoples’ livelihoods seems ludicrous until she gets caught in the crossfire and her family almost loses their home.  She’s increasingly unsure either boy is really human, and their rivalry is rapidly turning deadly.


So, when I picked up this book, I had this idea in my head of what it might be about, but I was so wrong.

For me, this book started out a bit slow-paced.  There were small hints thrown out in the first half of the novel and all I wanted was to know what is really going on.  These hints are what compelled me to continue reading, even late into the night to finally know what happens.

And I was so not disappointed!  The plot thickens halfway through, we get a glimpse into what is really going on, we yell at the book because we need to know more.  And then it ends – I want more. *sigh*

Adriana is the typical damsel in distress, however, she’s also strong-willed and will not be pushed around or felt sorry for.

Britney is the first one to get closer to her as a friend in this new school, but we realize quite soon that she does not really want to be her friend, and is only using Adri for her own gain.

Then there is Alec and Brandon, the opposing guys, who both seem to want Adri.  Here, all I’ll say is: everything is not what it seems – don’t let appearances fool you…  There is a power struggle between these two and their friends that seems to go beyond simple school rivalries.  There are small hints dropped, but from Adri’s point of view, you are somewhat in the dark and curiosity kept me up to find out why.

There is obviously a love triangle too – between Adri, Alec, and Brandon.  Feels typical at first.  Soon you’ll have no idea who is the good guy and who is the bad guy.

The ending kinda felt truly anti-climatic after the full-scale build up to this climax.  Something more needed to happen in my opinion, but also, this leaves you wanting more and the story continues in Torn – from Alec’s point of view…

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Sanctuary

 

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Expected Release Date – 22 October 2016

 

Book – Sanctuary (Sampler)

Author – Melle Amade

Series – Shifter Chronicles Book One

Publisher – Agropoli Publishing

Genre – Young Adult Paranormal Fantasy

Rating:

five-stars

I received this book for an honest review, without a request from the author.


Synopsis:

It’s survival of the fittest, but first, you have to fit in.

Shae is sure the icy rage that eats away at her is driving away her friends and pulling her closer to the wrong boy.  But, as her protected world unravels, she discovers the violent supernatural world that lurks in her quiet hometown and the ancient feuds that threaten to destroy both her friends and her family.  To save those she loves, Shae must succumb to her own fury, but at what cost?


So, I might have read this book sampler in one day and I might not have been able to put it down until I knew where it ends.  Which I did not find out, since this book ends on a cliffhanger.  I WANT THE ENTIRE BOOK!!

So, this series follows Shea, who has an anger problem and due to this, she believes that this is driving her friends away from her.  The truth is a lot harder for Shae to accept and when she finds out the truth, she is more confused than ever.  Her friends are pushing her away because she is not like them (we think)…

One of her friends, however, pulls her closer and we need to determine whether Collin is really looking out for her or not.

If you love young adult paranormal fantasy – shifters stories, please make sure you jot this book’s release down in your diary and pre-order this book.

This is a must read, in my opinion!

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Love Connection

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Book – Love Connection

Author – Camilla Isley

Series – First Comes Love Series

Publisher – Pink Bloom Press

Genre – Contemporary Romance

Rating:

five-stars

 


*Sigh* *Giddy happy laugh*  Oh, wow!  Damn!  I cannot… just can’t believe… a truly romantic book… AND I LOVED IT!

Ok, *deep breath*!  Have you ever read a romance novel, thinking *urg* cliche, been done too many time, please make it stop?  Well, this is one book that completely threw me for a loop.  It created those warm fuzzies in me, making me want to believe in true love.  Yep, TRUE LOVE!

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This story follows Gemma – at the start, you find that she has an important choice between two plane tickets – and follow two story lines from there.  And it is somewhat of a rollercoaster ride from there.

She needs to choose between her best friends wedding and crashing her high school love’s wedding…  And here is the gist of it – both are really cliche-free…

The narrative from Gemma is fast-paced, hopeful, heartwarming, sweet and you really hope that she gets the man she really wants the entire book through.  She is relatable, with her own doubts and mistakes and you feel like she’s a friend by the end of the book.

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You also get some insight to her bestie Amelia – who has her own problems with romance from the start.

In the end, let’s just say you need to read the book, to find out – ‘cuz I will not spoil this ending…

Camilla’s writing is straight-forward, easy to follow, and I couldn’t put this book down for the life of me.  I would so love to read more from her if my TBR-pile clears up!  *reserving my spot for early next year*!!

Well, what do you think?  Want to grab this book?

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